How Not to Lead a Walk

Day sack, walking poles: what could possibly go wrong?

Get up, bright and early.

Get washed, dressed, and have a hearty breakfast.

Make sandwiches and pack day sack.

Check map: I’m leading today’s walk!

Put boots and walking poles in bag.

Put bag and day sack in car.

Drive to Ripon rendez-vous.

Welcome walkers, who all car-share to start of walk – not my car.

All get booted-up and ready to walk …..

… Except me.

The boots in my bag are not mine.

They’re my husband’s.

Stare at battered canvas sneakers I wore to begin the day.

Realise these won’t do for a country walk.

Thrust map and walking route into press-ganged hands.

Wave walkers a reluctant goodbye.

Trudge along the road, back to Ripon.

Not recommended.

My boots …..
…. Malcolm’s boots. Not exactly identical, are they?

My contribution to Six Word Saturday.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

38 thoughts on “How Not to Lead a Walk”

  1. I feel with you. Happened to me before (not quite, I just forgot my inner soles which I ha put out for drying but with same result). Luckily, I wasn’t supposed to lead the group. Still.

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  2. Ah but you still demonstrated decisiveness and good delegating powers, both important leadership qualities – look on the bright side eh? I can imagine how you felt though; bit of a bummer!

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    1. Sadly, it’s the sort of mistake that’s very easy for me. Irritatingly, I’d turned down going to London with The Yorkshire Remain Choir, which got massive publicity: you must have seen it on the news even if you didn’t realise, because I had a walk to lead. And … I didn’t have a walk to lead.


  3. Oh no. The best laid plans and all that – raised a rueful smile as we have all done things like that. Damn annoying and disappointing though. Worse still the long walk back.
    I recall a friend who went on a hike with the local mountain club. Up chain ladders and a steep trail and on to the chilly escarpment where they all unpacked to set up their little tents for the night – it was only then when my friend discovered she had left the tent poles for her tent behind …

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  4. Oh I am so sorry Margaret but I just had to laugh! Life does things like this to us once in a while – I once took 2 left shoes for a walk I had to cancel LOL. Funny enough these are the moments you smile about later, and hey, you got a fun post out of it so it wasn’t a total loss!!

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  5. Being somewhat pigheaded, or stupid- you choose- I’d probably have attempted the walk in said trainers, but I did note that it was raining, so I’d possibly have found a cake shop instead 🙂 🙂 Happy Sunday!

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    1. Trust me. You’d have found a cake shop. Also because I had a dicky knee which has put me hors de combat for the rest of the week. Still (not walking) wounded.


  6. Oh, and you were SO organized, otherwise! And they just went off without you? I guess this is a mistake you’ll never make again! (But, if you’re like me, you’ll find a new one to make!)


    1. They were reluctant to go, but I made them as there was no point in spoiling everyone’s day. Samuel Beckett wrote my motto: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

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